The new DPC website is currently under construction. Our latest guidance in relation to GDPR, which comes into effect on 25th May, 2018, can be found at gdprandyou.ie and via pages on this website starting with "NEW" as per the navigation pane on the left. All other material on this site relates to the previous legislative regime under the Data Protection Acts 1988-2003 ("the Acts"). While the Acts may continue to apply in some circumstances, as of 25th May, 2018 the GDPR is the primary piece of legislation governing data protection.

Data Protection Commission



This webpage provides access to written judgments which were delivered in cases where the Data Protection Commissioner was a party to the proceedings, including a notice party. The judgments are arranged by year and by the Court which delivered the judgment. Judgments for 2015 and 2016 are now available. We will continue to add further judgments for 2014 and the preceding years over the coming period.




High Court


Workplace Relations Comission






Supreme Court

  • Nowak v. Data Protection Commissioner - 28 April 2016 Read more
    (Note: The Supreme Court made a reference to the Court of Justice of the EU arising out of this judgment. That reference is pending.)

High Court

  • Martin v. Data Protection Commissioner - 10 August 2016 Read more
  • Data Protection Commissioner v. Facebook Ireland Limited & Schrems 


Circuit Court

  • Savage v. Data Protection Commissioner & Google Ireland - 11 October 2016 Read more (PDF document)
    (Note:  This judgment was appealed to the High Court and judgment was delivered in that appeal in 2018 - see above) 



Court of Justice of the European Union

Supreme Court

  • Nowak v. Data Protection Commissioner - 22 October 2015 Read more
    (Note: This was the judgment in the application for leave to appeal the judgment of the Court of Appeal to the Supreme Court).

High Court

  • In the Matter of Mount Carmel Medical Group (South Dublin) Limited (In Liquidation) and in the Matter of the Companies Acts 1963 to 2012 - 7 July 2015 Read more
    (Note: The Data Protection Commissioner was a notice party to these proceedings.)

Circuit Court

  • Shatter v. Data Protection Commissioner - 21 January 2015 Read more